GHAT PER JANA
“Daura and Kalsup” are kept on the forehead of male members and all move to the ghat near river side. (Some did it on their rooftop). This is the most enjoyable and responsible task, performed by the male members of the family and ladies keep walking singing the chhathi maiya songs.
काँच के बाँस के बहँगिया, बहँगी सतर्क जाएय्… होख॥ न सुरूजदेव सहाय…… बहँगी घाट पहुँचाए…… घाट पर हमहूँ अरधिया देबई हे छठी मइयाँ……. it’s a long song, if you sing you fall in love of it.
Kids enjoy crackers throughout the journey…………….
As varti reach the ghat, all daura and kalsup are kept on the ghat floor and ghat is decorated with sugarcane and Banana tree leaves. Some do modern lighting too.
The first arghya is called “SANDHYA ARGHYA. Varti does worship in river/pond/ man made water pond. They hold the kalsup in their hands and stand in the water. They move around five times at the same place and every time family members offere arghya of water near the kalsup to Lord Bhasker and take blessings of Chhathi Maiya.
Again, Kids enjoy crackers on ghat throughout the ritural ceremony………….
After the first arghya, “KOSI BHARNA” is an event during Chhath Puja. When your manat is fullfiled by Chhathi Maiya, you do kosi bharna. In a beautiful earthen pot (here, sculpture of elephant) which has many diya in it and in the centre of earthen pot, vartis’ put thekua, fruits, sacha, and puri. The earthen pot is kept in the center under the shades of sugarcane stacks. It’s a thanks giving to the Goddess.
GHAT PER RUK JANA
Many people stay over the ghat in that night. Many cultural activities are performed by the local and celebrities. Varti along with family members enjoy chhathi songs to avoid falling asleep.
As and when we talk about chhath song definitely one name comes to our mind that is of Sharda Sinha. She is world renowned singer by the virtue of chhathi maiya songs.
UGTHE SURYA ARGHYA
Those who return back to their houses, wake up at 3:30 am in the morning. The sound of the loudspeaker indicates you to do bath and get ready for the ghat. Without any Pandit this ritural of chhath happens in the supervision of the elder family member. The ugthe surya ko arghya is given with raw cow milk. Everyone at the ghat does the milk arghya. After that, we do surya Arti and dhup hawan and put dhup samagri (shakil) five times and this is done by everyone in the family.
In chhath the long sindoor on mother’s forehead through the nose, resemble her as goddess.
The chhath puja finishes with blessings and we take prasad and seek blessings of Chhathi Maiya and Lord Bhaskar. Vartis’ do sindoor and khoichha ritural to the others ladies.
Today is Paran day, all varti’ open his/her fasting by eating thekua. The thekua loaded with sindoor looks very attractive and just melts in your mouth. It’s very soft due to loads of ghee used in the preparation. Thekua is divine and is just out of the world.
All Bihari will agree with this statement about thekua…………
There is a tradition to eat fish in the afternoon as Bihari always consider fish as auspicious.
Happy chhath puja to all!!! “Chhathi maiya ki kirpa aap per bani rahe”.
Written by Chef Ashwini | Blog
The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Tenure: Since December, 2015 Position: Chef De Cuisine Employment History: ITC Hotels; The Oberoi hotels; Carlson hotels, The Claridges Hotels and Kempinski Hotels Have part of the various pre-opening restaurants at different capacities:- 360 restaurant at The Oberoi; NTC at Park Plaza ; Dilli 32 at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel. Birthplace: Bokaro Steel City, Jharkhand Education: Diploma in Hotel Management, Indian Institute of Business Management, Patna in the year 1994 – 1997.